From left to right: Robert Covington, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kevin Huerter

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Whether it all falls down like Kim and Kanye's marriage or you found your only one, scouring through the waiver wire is bound to leave you paranoid.

But if you want to be stronger and have more power in your fantasy leagues, take four, five seconds (or more) to read this column so you can find free-agent gems like a gold digger or drop a player that you don't like.

Here are some amazing and not so amazing players from the last week to help your team become champions.

Um…Jesus Walks.


Robert Covington Forward/Center Portland Trail Blazers

Some players were made for small-ball basketball while others flounder with the challenge. Robert Covington has been the former for the past week.

The former full-time small forward has flourished playing power forward and center in small-ball lineups the past few years and he's flexing that versatility in Portland. Last week, he averaged an unremarkable 9.7 points, but he added 9.3 rebounds, two made threes, 1.3 steals and a ridiculous 4.7 blocks a game.

I don't care what your height is. If you're blocking 4.7 blocks a game, you're definitely worth an add.

Davis Bertans Forward/Center Washington Wizards

The beginning of the season was not kind to the usually accurate Bertans, who was only shooting 33.9 percent from the field heading into last week. For one week at least, it looks like the Latvian Laser has his rhythm back.

Bertans hit 60.7 percent of his shots, including 64 percent from three-point range, resulting in an average of 5.3 threes made per game the last three games. He also contributed 19.7 points and one steal per game to round out what might be a turning point for the fifth-year player.

Terrence Ross Guard/Forward Orlando Magic

The Magic may be struggling to reach even the play-in tournament, but Terrence Ross is doing his part to keep the team in the hunt. The thirty-year-old vet is having his best year and last week he was on fire.

He averaged 23.7 points in three games while shooting 53.1 percent from the field, hitting four three-pointers and stealing 1.7 balls per game in that same span. If you have a chance to grab the Human Torch on the waiver wire, don't hesitate.

Robert Williams Center Boston Celtics

On a team with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker, other players tend to fall by the wayside in fans' minds, but one name fantasy managers should remember is Robert Williams.

He might have the sexiest stat lines, but he does enough dirty work that will help your team in key areas. This past week, he hit 78.3 percent of his shots, turned the ball over 0.5 times, grabbed 7.8 rebounds, stole 1.8 balls and blocked 2.5 shots per game. That is efficient production in five categories available in 27% of Yahoo leagues. Why haven't you picked him up yet?!


Lou Williams Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Last week, Lou Williams was back to being Lemon Pepper Lou. This week, he's right back to being Louis Williams, the struggling shooter.

While he has been averaging 14.5 points a game, he's only shot 38.1 percent from the field and only hitting one three per game in that same span. He has been a decent enough playmaker to offset some of his inaccuracy (five assists per game), so it may be worth it to hold onto him for at least another week.

De'Aaron Fox Point Guard Sacramento Kings

Yes, Fox still averaged 15.8 points, 9.3 assists and 18 steals last week, but he needs to provide so much more if he wants to live up to his high draft status in many fantasy leagues.

The Sacramento guard finished last week shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from the charity stripe. He also turned the ball over 3.8 times and only made one three per game in that same span.

It may be time for Fox to be an All-Star, but his lack of production in fantasy has some managers putting him in time out instead.

Kevin Huerter Guard/Forward Atlanta Hawks

With so many injuries and COVID absences, many managers have turned to Kevin Huerter to help boost their teams. Unfortunately, his help has been more Andy Bernard than Dwight Schrute in terms of support quality.

The Hawks guard only averaged 7.8 points on 35.3 percent shooting while only making one three-pointer and grabbing 2.3 rebounds per game. If he's putting up those kinds of numbers while averaging 33.1 minutes in that span, it may be time to move on to greener pastures.

Russell Westbrook Point Guard Washington Wizards

Wait a second! How can a guy averaging a triple-double the last week be considered a bust? Well, those are the only categories he's positively contributing to.

He's shooting 44.4 percent from the field, turning the ball over 6.7 times, accounting for 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks all while hitting zero three-pointers the last three games. He may be a former MVP, but he is also a bottom-tier fantasy contributor in 8-cat and 9-cat formats, no matter how much he is contributing to three categories.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

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Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.

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